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Masdevallia Falcata

(M. coccinea x M. veitchiana)


Plant ID: 03514/03411/03412/04631/04632/04630 (top row), 03410/03435/group of seedlings/04634/04633(bottom row)


Clonal Name: 'Gold Dollar' (on 03514)

Clonal Name: 'Golden Gate' (on 03435)

Award: HCC/AOS (on 03435)


Additional Information: This is an old cross but is a good hybridizer for tall stems and good form. Most of the color is influenced by the orange in M. veitchiana. Below is a discussion by Ron Maunder on M. Falcata:


M. veitchiana 'Prince de Gaulle' has a hidden gene. Not sure about 'Sol' and other clones. When 'Prince de Gaulle' was crossed with M. coccinea alba, it gave 50% beautiful saffron yellow M. Falcatas with no anthocyanin. These we call xanthinics to distinguish them from white albas. The name has been used before for the similar 'albino' crispum-type odontoglossums which are yellow or yellow and white patterned.

The rest of our Falcatas from the cross were sunset colours - light creamy backgrounds with some light pink or pale purple overlays. Quite different from the normal rich coloured Falcatas with their heavy purple overlays. Unfortunately all the cross have weaker arching stems from the two parents. Most M. coccinea albas we've seen have thin stems compared to the coloured ones which are usually erect. They are all beautiful and last a long long time on the plants and cut too.

This line of Falcatas has given a new dimension of colours to our normal alba, red, orange, cerise or sulphur yellow (also xanthinic) M. coccinea cut flowers. We are crossing these saffrons with the sulphur yellow coccineas (eg 'Wayne Miller') to see if some will inherit the M. coccinea erect stem. Ironically whether they turn out gold or coloured the cross will still be called Towering Inferno!

Warning! There are problems encountered with this line of breeding however. Did you ever purchase a seedling outcross of M. coccinea alba and flower a cerise one and then heard they all turned out non-albas? Alba cattleya species and maybe their hybrids when put together can give big lavenders if you don't know the breeding habits of the parents. Unless you know that your M. coccinea alba gives albas, you could be up for NO xanthics if you remake M. Falcata. We only have one alba clone that we know for sure is "pure". Even then we might be proved wrong in the future!